4 Gulf Daily News
Wednesday, 18th March 2009
on a roll!
A BAHRAIN-UK return flight
and other prizes are up for grabs
to those who generate the highest
levels of sponsorship at this
By REBECCA TORR
ing RIA and Think Pink.
“We chose RIA Centre and Think
There is also a 2.2km track for
Participants can compete using
any non-motorised mode of transport
ship this weekend,” said Mr Axtell.
“The main prize that will be award-
ed to the individual raising the highest
level of sponsorship will be an econo-
to collect sponsorship for the
Wheelathon but people could still
participate on the day by donating
the minimum level of sponsorship.
Pink as our beneficiaries this year,” that has wheels, such as bicycles, my return Gulf Air flight to London, “It’s been tough this year to raise
year’s Wheelathon. said event organiser on behalf of the skateboards, roller blades, scooters which will be arranged and with taxes money but I hope we will get as
People of all ages have the chance St Christopher’s Cathedral, David and buggies. paid courtesy of Kanoo Travel. many people down there as possi-
to win a prize by raising the most Axtell. The children’s age categories are: “There are then five age banded ble,” he said.
money for their participation in under fours, five to nine, 10 to 13, categories – up to five year, six to 10, “We’ve set the minimum sponsor-
Bahrain’s Fifth Annual Charity Awareness and 14 to 17. There is also an adult 11 to 14, 15 to 18 and 18 upwards. ship at a level that a lot of people will
Wheelathon at the Bahrain “Think Pink is mainly about rais- category. be able to afford themselves and they
International Circuit (BIC) in Sakhir ing awareness and a lot of youngsters Prizes will be given to participants Incentive can treat it as an entry fee, but I try to
on Friday. and families come down and attend generating the highest levels of indi- “Carousel will be offering vouch- shy away from this because we want
The Wheelathon is a community the event. vidual sponsorship within each cate- ers to children while Adhari Park is people to raise as much sponsorship
event where people are sponsored to “RIA Centre was chosen because it gory. providing free family rides within as they can for our charities.”
‘wheel’ around the BIC on their bicy- is going to be a family event and I’m The minimum level of sponsorship each category. In addition to fun on the track,
cles, scooters, skateboards or any- always keen to support disadvanta- is BD10 for adults and BD2 for chil- “Further incentives are also being there will be entertainment provided
thing that has wheels. ged children.” dren. offered by the BIC and the Royal by DJ Krazy Kevin, as well as face
It is organised by St Christopher’s The 5.4km Wheelathon track is “There will be a variety of prizes Golf Club to encourage all children painting, balloon twisting, clowns
Cathedral which support and share divided into fast and slow lanes to on offer at the Wheelathon for those and their parents to raise the most.” and bouncy castle.
proceeds with local charities includ- accommodate all abilities. raising the highest levels of sponsor- Mr Axtell said there was still time There will be walks through spray
jets to keep people cool and
Coca Cola will provide the
The Wheelathon starts at
3pm but prior to the event,
at 1.30pm, a series of teams
for the disabled
A CHARITY golf tournament was a lifeline to the disabled
will compete in the Fancy
Dress Hospital Bed Race.
Two teams of six (one in
the bed and five pushing)
will compete in head to
has raised about BD25,000 in in Bahrain and especially for head combat down the main
support of Bahrain’s disabled. those who were newly dis- straight of the F1 track for a
The money will be used by abled through an accident or stretch of 500 metres.
Bahrain Mobility Inter- disease.
national (BMI) to complete a “If they just sit in the house Interest
specialised swimming pool they can get depressed and
for the disabled which is think, ‘why did this happen to The beds have been
being built at the centre in Isa me’, but by coming to the donated by the American
Town. centre they are able to build a Mission Hospital.
The rest of the money will new life,” he said. Registration is BD50 per
be used to purchase custom- “Before the tournament team.
made wheelchairs which members came three days a Those wishing to partici-
BMI members need desper- week but now they come for pate in the bed race must
ately. five. register by today.
“We are still hoping that “There seems to be some
more donations will be com- Hope interest in the bed race and
ing because we need “We hope this tournament a lot of thought going into
BD15,000 to finish the pool, and its supporters won’t stop the costumes,” said Mr
BD15,000 for 12 wheelchairs because these services are Axtell.
and we were also hoping to needed by our members and “It’s a lot of fun and we
buy a 26-seater which costs all disabled in Bahrain.” welcome spectators to come
BD27,000,” BMI vice-presi- BMI’s charity golf tourna- and watch the race ahead of
dent Adel Sultan told the ment is backed by various the Wheelathon.”
GDN. companies in Bahrain, The Wheelathon is spon-
“The tournament is like the including Riffa Views, which sored by Chevron, Royal
air we are breathing. It gives is the title sponsor. Golf Club, BIC, American
us the money we need to run The Riffa Views Shaikh sMr Sultan, standing, left, with BMI and Riffa Views officials and BMI members Mission Hospital, Kanoo
our centre and pay for salaries Faisal Bin Hamad Al Khalifa 7.30am and 12.30pm on both and caters to the needs of the grate into the community once Travel, Warwick Mann
and activities. Memorial Trophy 2009 takes days and an award ceremony disabled in Bahrain. they start school. International, GDN,
“It’s also an important ev- place at the King’s private will be held on Saturday at The centre runs entirely on BMI welcomes all disabled Porsche, Carousel,
ent for us because through the golf course, in Safriya on 5pm. donations and offers computer people to take part in its activi- InterGlobal, Dell, Coca
publicity we get a lot of indi- Friday and Saturday. The tournament is held in and English courses and physi- ties and facilities are free, with Cola and Trowers and
viduals and volunteers that A total of 160 golfers will memory of Shaikh Faisal, who cal therapy facilities to its no annual fee. Hamlins.
come forward to help and compete in the better ball died in a car accident in members. For more information about Anyone interested in par-
from this support we can run tournament which is organ- January 2006 and was a strong There is also a nursery the tournament or BMI, or to ticipating or sponsoring the
more programmes for our ised by the Royal Golf supporter of the disabled and attached to the centre, which make a donation contact event should contact Mr
members.” Club. BMI. caters to children aged three to Dreena Rogers on 39615356 or Axtell on 39432133.
Mr Sultan said the BMI Tee-offs will be held at BMI was established in 1979 six and prepares them to inte- Adel Sultan on 39678053. firstname.lastname@example.org